In 2016, malnutrition caused most death and disability in Gujarat

Child and maternal malnutrition continue to account for most death and disability in Gujarat, besides dietary risk and air pollution, according to a recent report, India: Health of the Nation’s States. The report, prepared by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), Public Health Foundation of India and Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, provides estimates of the impact of 333 diseases and injuries and 84 risk factors for every state from 1990 to 2016.

According to the study, malnutrition caused maximum death and disability in 1990 and maintained its position till 2016, especially among the children in the age group of 0-9 years.

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Courtesy: The Times of India

Silicosis patient yet to get compensation

JAIPUR: Prem Lal Meghwal of Chainpura in Asind, Bhilwara, can scarcely take two steps without panting for breath. He is only 38, father of four children, the oldest of whom is a married daughter, 18 years old.
He has been bedridden with silicosis for over five years, and his wife now sets out to find work at construction sites or in farms, to keep the household going.

Meghwal has a certificate dated December 27, 2016, showing that he is suffering from silicosis.

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Courtesy: The Times of India

Malnutrition deaths in tribal areas: Maharashtra govt assures Bombay HC of ‘substantial progress’

The Advocate General (AG) Wednesday informed the Bombay High Court that substantial progress has been made in terms of tackling the issue of continued death of children due to malnutrition in tribal areas. A division bench, headed by Chief Justice Manjula Chellur, was hearing Public Interest Litigations (PIL), highlighting the rising cases of malnutrition-related deaths and illnesses among those living in Melghat region of Vidarbha and other tribal areas in Maharashtra.

“Various posts have been filed. We have made a chart to show compliance of various court orders by the state,” said the AG, A Kumbhakoni. Taking into consideration this statement, the court has now granted two weeks to the state to place on record all details pertaining to this issue. The court reminded the state on the “seriousness” of the issue and asked the government “to do something” to improve the situation. The Chief Justice has ordered that all the PILs pertaining to this issue be transferred to a special bench to ensure better monitoring by the court.

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Courtesy: The Indian Express

As India endures blanket of smog, China’s battle offers lessons

As New Delhi suffers through a surge in the most harmful type of smog — a toxic stew that makes India’s capital one of the most polluted in the world — Beijing offers lessons in how another troubled city made progress clearing the air.

China, which for more than a decade has been the world’s biggest emitter of carbon dioxide, has made its capital the focal point of a clean-up drive. It’s replacing some of its coal-burning facilities with cleaner fuels, encouraging electric vehicles an ..

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Courtesy: The Economic Times

Deadly air pollution becomes a common enemy for arch-rivals India and Pakistan

From his office in the smog shrouded city of Lahore, environment official Saif Anjum pores over reams of pollution data and lists the actions being taken by Pakistan’s largest province to combat the toxic air. He said they have arrested hundreds of crop-burning farmers and closed construction sites and industrial furnaces.

But those efforts risk being for naught without collaboration with Pakistan’s nuclear-armed arch-rival India.

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Courtesy: The Economic Times

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